Springwatch Digital 2020 launches ahead of 26 May launch of live shows

Springwatch Digital 2020 launches ahead of 26 May launch of live shows

22nd May 2020

You don't have to wait until Springwatch returns to BBC Two on 26 May to get your wildlife fix. The live online wildlife offering launched on Tuesday 19 May, using the latest technology to bring stories from the natural world to audiences across the UK and beyond, in real time.

From Tuesday 19 May, Springwatch digital presenter, Hannah Stitfall, will be on hand throughout the day with breaking news updates, inspiration on what you can do for wildlife from home, and a selection of the very best of the photos and videos that we've been sent. From Monday to Friday, at 09:00, Hannah will be looking at the best wildlife photos and videos sent in by our audience, and welcoming guests including the Springwatch presenters and production team, alongside some other famous faces, with a News From The Nests show at 5pm, with updates across our network of live wildlife cameras and clips of the best action from the previous 24 hours. Chris Packham and Megan McCubbin will be bringing us an extra special 15-minute lunchtime show at 12pm from Tuesday to Friday, live from Chris's home in the New Forest.

On Saturday 23 May at 9am, a 24/7 live wildlife streaming will launch which will run through to 9pm on Friday 12 June. There will be something for everyone, with up to four live wildlife channels running at any one time - from high octane, news style updates on one channel to the gentler side of wildlife in a slow TV style on another.

Thanks to new collaborations spanning the BBC - and using the very latest streaming technology - stories from the UK's wild places right into living rooms, screens, phones and home offices across the country. The team are collaborating with wildlife charities and other external partners to bring viewers stories from all over the UK.

Ben Morrison, Digital Producer for Springwatch, says: "We're constantly speaking to people across the country through our social platforms, and are realising that more than ever people are seeking solace in nature. There are many who have perhaps not taken much notice of the goings on outside their window up to this point, but now want to know their blue tit from their sparrow and understand what they're up to as they go about their daily business. We hope that by bringing their stories to the nation, we can answer many of these questions and create a whole new audience of wildlife-lovers."

Tim Sargeant, video technology lead, says: “We’ll be using the latest technologies to bring the outside world in, streaming live pictures to the best of the BBC’s digital services - online, and on iPlayer. This will be a great example of using extra digital content to enhance our linear TV experience, with more content that we know viewers will love!

The BBC team will also be showcasing the best of the footage and photos that  viewers send in, using #WildlifeFromMyWindow and tagging @BBCSpringwatch on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter.

To watch our live wildlife cameras, which will be streaming all hours of the day from 9am on 23 May, head to BBC iPlayer or www.bbc.co.uk/Springwatch. The 9am, 12pm and 5pm shows will only be shown on the Springwatch Facebook page from Tuesday 19 May to Friday 22 May, before our 24/7 live streaming begins on BBC iPlayer and the website. The Springwatch website and social media accounts will showcase extra clips not seen on TV, revealing the natural magic of Spring as it arrives across the country, and regular highlight packages from the remote cameras will provide a more in-depth insight into the secret lives of the animals we are covering.

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